” Why I ride? It’s simple, happiness. Happiness means different things to different people and for me riding is happiness. When I ride, I feel a cocktail of emotions, happiness and freedom. When I ride, I feel free and for me, freedom is utmost important. “
Nirmali Nath , A Rider and a Mother. Above all, an inspiration.
Every dream turns into reality one day, if one does all the hard and smart work necessary for it. For Nirmali, it has to be the day, back in 2014, when she bought her own Royal Enfield Classic 350. There has been no looking back since then!
” Every great dream begins with a dreamer. I always had a fascination for bikes and travelling. My inspiration partly comes from my childhood experiences as I am an Army Brat and have always been on my heels travelling. “
As I always ask these inspiring personalities, how do they manage passion and work, I have come to terms that if you follow your dreams and passion, one day or the other, you’ll definitely get that dream job waiting for you. 2014, Nirmali was working in a telecom company and had a great urge to conquer the mighty Himalayas on her Enfield. She wanted to complete an 8000 Km ride, the longest one of her life from Guwahati to Leh and back to Guwahati. The toughest part wasn’t the terrain but to make her family understand the importance of her dreams and this ride. Ever since then, her family has not only been very supportive, but she also managed to bag herself her dream job- she now works at Brahmaputra Harley Davidson. She covered the states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan during the trip.
” It was a 21- days long journey. I got the opportunity to interact with different people and riders where every single person was very supportive and encouraged me for my trip. The happiest moment of my life was when I reached the highest motorable road of the world ‘Khardungla’. To ride through the world’s highest motorable road was like a dream come true. “
Apart from this, she has rode to Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur and has many plans to ride further. Unfortunately, she met with an accident while riding back from Nagaland to Guwahati in October 2016 and had to undergo a surgery. Due to this reason she was on complete bed rest and had to sacrifice her passion for riding.
” But the most important thing is that the prayers of my well wishers have kept me alive. I used to get so many messages on a daily basis regarding my health and recovery. What I earned is respect and lots of friends and well wishers and I am always thankful to them. “
But even today, our society has a different perception about ‘ HOW A WOMAN SHOULD LIVE HER LIFE! ‘ . It’s the society which is still haunted with a lot of old stereotypes: ‘ WOMEN WHO RIDE BIKES ARE IRRATIONAL AND IRRESPONSIBLE. ‘
” During my travel I received many negative comments on my Facebook Page against my ride but I just want to tell them that if they cannot encourage women like us they shouldn’t discourage us either. So, I have decided to undertake a ride with a cause of women empowerment. I have proved what I have committed to myself. “
Everyday she receives a lot of messages from girls and women on how she inspires them and that they are now determined to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams. She has proved that our determination is our biggest strength. It can do real wonders to help us achieve whatever we want. Everything is possible if you are dedicated enough and a strong will power in you. It doesn’t matter if you are a girl or a boy. Start doing what you want to do or you will never be able to achieve your dream.
” For a girl it is not easy to ride 8000 Kms on a heavy motorcycle all alone and conquer the toughest terrains of Himalayas. Those are tough to handle and girls face many health issues. But still girls are strong enough to overcome all the obstacles. We, ladies, are not born only to work in our family. We are now getting support from everyone. Riding a motor cycle boosts my confidence. Get over your fear, transform your dreams into reality and live life to the fullest. “
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” From my experience I can say that to clear an elaborate exam like this, one must have the three ‘P’s: Patience, Perseverance & Practice. As a working lady, at first it was quite difficult for me to manage time but support from my family, specially my father, made things easier. I did’t study for long hours but I did make it a point to study everyday, consistently. “
” Initially I cleared my basic knowledge on the subjects and then went for elaborate studying. I used to practice my writing skills too. One need to learn time management as the papers are quite long. “
” One thing which will always bother me is that the man who was the guiding force in my life, suddenly was not there anymore, not even to see and celebrate my success. “